WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 16, 2015)—AAHomecare has confirmed that HME legislative priorities will not be a part of Omnibus spending legislation package that Congress will consider later this week. In addition, the Medicaid "pay for" targeted to help pay for rural relief legislation has been included in the Omnibus legislation, with a 2019 effective date.

This result is not a reflection of the amount of effort that our industry has extended at both grassroots and Capitol Hill lobbying levels, and we should all be proud of the way the AAHomecare membership, our state/regional association partners and other leading stakeholder organizations and allies have come together to build support for these initiatives, stated AAHomecare.

However, Capitol Hill sources told AAHomecare that there may be other Medicare-related legislation in early 2016, as well as the continued opportunity to build support for still-active Senate and House legislation on both of these issues in the coming year.

AAHomecare wishes to thank their supporters for the tremendous level of support they have received from all quarters of the HME community on these issues. They want to assure the industry that this fight is far from over, and that they will be working with their Congressional champions on strategy to move these issues forward.

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